PAD 6205: Public Financial Management

Course Description

Saturdays | 9AM-5PM

May 12th

May 26th

June 9th

July 7th

July 21st

August 4th

This Public Administration Course teaches the principles of Public Financial Management and is designed to follow the Association of Government Accountant’s (AGA) Certified Government Financial Manager® (CGFM®) exam structure which focuses on three modules; Governmental Environment; Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting; and Governmental Financial Management and Control. Students taking this course are REQUIRED to use AGA’s CGFM study guide materials (which will be purchased by the university) and take all three CGFM exams. Students taking this course MUST pass all three CGFM exams to obtain an “A” in the course. The course, if passed, provides 45 high-quality continuing professional education (CPE) hours.

More information on the CGFM program can be found here:



By the end of the course, you should have a strong working knowledge of:

  • Organization, Structure and Authority of Government
  • Legally-Based Implications of the Government Financial Environment
  • Demonstrate an Understanding of the Government Management System (Cycle)
  • Governmental Financial Accounting, Reporting and Budgeting
  • Demonstrate an Understanding of Federal, State and Local Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Financial Management Functions
  • Demonstrate an Understanding of Financial and Managerial Analysis Techniques
  • Internal Control
  • Demonstrate an Understanding of Performance Measurement/Metrics/Service Efforts
  • Auditing

Facilitator Biography

Alfredo Riverol

Alfredo Riverol holds two Master Degrees from Florida International University; Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science in Taxation. Mr. Riverol is a Certified Public Accountant and licensed in the State of Florida. His other credentials include Certified Forensic Accountant (Cr.FA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Mr. Riverol was selected as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) 2013 Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award Winner for Local Level of Government for 2013. The National Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award recognizes the impact of significant contributions of the CPA to the efficiency, effectiveness or innovative service delivery of their respective local, state, or federal employer organization.

Additionally, Alfredo was nominated and selected as the National 2016 Distinguished Local Government Leadership Award recipient by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). The award recognizes the outstanding leadership of individuals in local government that led to improved financial management practices, policies, systems or operations and consistently exhibited the highest personal and professional standards.

Furthermore, in 2013, Mr. Riverol was featured in the South Florida Business Journal as one of the best and brightest young professionals under the age of 40 for his professional success and community involvement.

Currently, Alfredo Riverol is an appointed member of the AICPA’s Government Performance and Accountability Committee (GPAC). One of the Committee’s main objectives is to promote greater government accountability and the integrity of government operations, information, and information systems.

Mr. Riverol is an adjunct professor at Florida International University specializing in Public Budgeting and Finance. In addition to his teaching activities, Alfredo at times is requested, nationally, to speak on the topic of Finances in Public Administration. In 2010, Mr. Riverol was selected as the Chief Financial Officer at the City of South Miami, a position in which he continues to serve. Alfredo is an active member and participant to multiple organizations; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association, Florida Government Finance Officers Association, S. FL Govt. Finance Officers and City Clerks Association, Association of Government Accountants, and American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.

Cost: $3,000 per person, that includes:

• Lunches and coffee breaks

• Free on-site self-parking

• One-year subscription to three online CGFM study guides (a value of $222), in the following subject areas:

1. Governmental Environment

2. Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting

3. Governmental Financial Management and Control

NOTE: study guides require internet access

• One-year subscription to three online CGFM practice exams (a value of $192) in the same subject areas NOTE: practice exams require internet access

• One-year AGA membership (a value of up to $160, depending on AGA membership eligibility)

• CGFM application fee (a value of $99) NOTE: Applicants for CGFM program must be approved by AGA before taking CGFM examinations. CGFM exam fees are $125 for each of the three exams and are NOT included in this course price.

Scholarship: $300 refund, per person, if successful in passing ALL three CGFM exams by December 31, 2018. The scholarship will help defray the CGFM exam fees.

Group registration discounts are available.

Course registration

Please email Jasmine Negron to register.